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Bridge Ward Club

Founded 1930

President Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow

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The court originated as the sessions house of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs of the City of London and of Middlesex. The original medieval court was first mentioned in 1585; it was next to the older Newgate gaol, and seems to have grown out of the endowment to improve the gaol and rooms for the Sheriffs, made possible by a gift from Richard Whittington. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt in 1674, with the court open to the weather to prevent the spread of disease.

In 1834, it was renamed as the Central Criminal Court and its jurisdiction extended beyond that of London and Middlesex to the whole of the English jurisdiction for trials of major cases. Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service manages the courts and administers the trials but the building itself is owned by the City of London Corporation, which finances the building, the running of it, the staff and the maintenance out of their own resources.

The tour by Mr Charles Henty, Secondary of London and Under Sheriff is a truly fascinating and unique experience not to be missed.

Cost: £45.00 per person (a contribution from the cost will be made to the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund to improve communities and help ex-offenders.)

Location: The Central Criminal Court- The Old Bailey: Warwick Square Entrance, London EC4M 7EH.  Tel: 0207 248 3277.

Date and time:  Thursday 27 April 2017, 5:45pm. Guests to arrive at the Lord Mayor’s Entrance in Warwick Square – map will be provided upon booking.

What’s included:

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: tour by Mr Charles Henty, Secondary of London and Under Sheriff. 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: reception with canapés, wine and refreshments in the Judges’ Dining Room.


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The Central Criminal Court – The Old Bailey and Dead Man’s Walk!

Have you ever wondered what the inside of the Court of Common Council – The Old Bailey looks like?  Have you ever walked “Dead Man’s Walk?” Well, do join us on this unique visit on Thursday 27 April 2017.